Every year, people throw away millions of tons of electronics which can end up in landfill, leaching toxins into the earth and wasting precious resources.

Here in the UK, the crossed out wheelie bin shows that an item should be recycled and NOT put into landfill. Electronics can go to certified waste facilities where they can be sorted, refurbished and reused or broken down for parts.

Next time you are ready to toss your printer ink or batteries in the bin, remember they can actually be recycled!


When you get a new smartphone, computer, or tablet, you have to dispose of the device that you no longer need. But, where does your electronic waste go once you get rid of it? It turns out that it depends on how you choose to dispose of it. Here are some of the places your waste could turn up:


If you choose to toss your old electronics in the trash instead of disposing of them properly, they will most likely end up in a landfill. Electronic waste currently accounts for 2% of the trash found in U.S. landfills, however it also accounts for 70% of the overall toxic waste.

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PRNs (packaging recovery Notes) are the evidence required by producers of packaging waste to comply with the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005 in the UK. PRNs are issued by accredited reprocessors and act as an incentive to recycle and as a means for businesses to offset the amount of packaging that they place into the UK market. Packaging producers and handlers are obligated to purchase a number of PRNs every year based on the type of their business and the amount of packaging they handle. This is referred to as the businesses PRN obligation.

In order to comply a business must calculate their PRN obligation (packaging obligation) for the current compliance year in each specific material. There are six materials for which a business might have an obligation, plastic, paper, glass, aluminium, steel and wood. PRNs are material specific and businesses need only purchase PRNs to cover material that they have performed activity on.

The PRN market is an open market allowing PRNs to be traded between accredited reprocessors and obligated companies that have a packaging obligation. Trading of PRN’s for the current compliance year can take place between 1st December the previous year and 31st January the following year allowing registered companies to both buy and sell PRNS during this period. As with any open market the cost of compliance will vary throughout the year driven by the fluctuating price of PRNs.

Historically, scrap metal recycling was not about sustainability and the environment, nor was it a social imperative; it was simply a way of making things last longer, avoiding having to spend on materials, and making some extra money by selling valuable substances so that they could be reused.

This sense of recycling dates back for centuries, and it is only with the advent of modern, cheap mass production techniques that many things have become affordable enough to be viewed as ‘disposable’.



During the 20th century, things changed – in the global depression of the 1930s-40s, recycling was a way to make money go further, but by the 1960s-70s it had started to be seen as a way to be kinder to the environment.

Fast-forward to the early 21st century and, until recession hit again in 2007-08, sustainability had actually become something businesses would spend extra on, as part of their corporate social responsibility and environmental policies.

Now the recent economic turbulence has brought money back to the list of priorities for many businesses simply trying to survive in tough trading conditions, so it’s little surprise that scrap metal recycling as a way of selling waste materials has returned to the fore.

But what does the future hold? There are a few possibilities…



Prioritising the use of more recyclable metals is one option that may be explored too; some metals, such as those used in smartphones and batteries, are still only recycled at very low percentage rates.

Others such as the copper alloy known as gunmetal (and literally used in making guns), actually perform better when they contain some impurities, making them great candidates for more extensive use in recycling in the future.



Finally, it is worth noting that recycling is really coming of age, with new laws to ensure people’s identity is recorded when they trade in scrap metals.

This gives scrap metal merchants more peace of mind that the scrap has been legitimately collected, and that the payment will be properly declared for tax purposes, all of which helps the customer to get a proper market rate for their materials at trade-in.

England’s household recycling rates have dropped for the first time ever, prompting calls for drastic change, and no doubt ending the UK’s chances of meeting the EU recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020.

The amount of waste being recycled by English households had been heading in the right direction, steadily increasing for a decade, however it had flatlined for three years more recently. Now newly released figures have shown that the amount of waste recycled between 2014 and 2015 in England had decreased, from 44.8% to 43.9% respectively. This is the first drop since the country began tracking recycling figures, and means England has fallen back to pre-2012 recycling rates.

Discussion of the recycling rate drop has so far brought several potential reasons to light, including confusion over what can and cannot be placed in recycling bins, government and local authority budget cuts, and lack of recycling promotion. However, the figures show that some local authority areas are performing much better than others – for example, Newham in London had a 15 per cent recycling rate in 2015, compared to South Oxfordshire which recycled 67 per cent.

It is important to remember that England is still recycling four times as much as it was back in 2000, but this recent drop in the rate shows there is much room for improvement – especially in certain local authority areas.

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Mrs. Wood 14/12/2020

Debbie is an excellent representative, always extremely helpful, responsive to queries and very friendly. She always goes the extra mile to help and works with us to make things as smooth as possible. Couldn't ask for more really!

Mr. Price 14/12/2020

Good and very professional service. Easy to deal With great rates of pay offered, would recommend 100%.

Mr. Aucott 28/12/2020

Hi and a happy new year to you all. My apologies for not filling this out sooner but just been so busy. Can't complain at all about your services, you always try and accommodate our needs as its hard to judge when our bins will be full but you always help us out. And as for your representative Mr Lee Perry, well........ what can one say....... he's salt of the earth and always been upfront with me and he's always been there at the end of the phone with help and advice when needed, even when I've contacted him over the weekend or at alton towers. In a nutshell I'd recommend recycling management to anyone, 10 out of 10 all around. Cheers, Tim Aucott

Mr Davidson December 2020

Generally very good from the office to drivers. Confirmination of collection time / day could be slightly improved but overall very happy with the service.

Mr Duncan Decemeber 2020

Always on time and as always, done efficiently and with no fuss”

Mr Benton December 2020

Always supporting us with excellent service. Scap metal collections are always on time and drivers are incredibly professional. We have been empowered by a reliable supplier offering very good payment terms. Trust and faith in the service offered from Recycling Management”

Mr Marson Email

In most cases we have been serviced well. Lee is and has always been very quick to respond to any of our issues.

The main issue for ourselves has been failed collections other than that things have gone very well over the last 12 months.

Mrs Cooper December 2020

Excellent service provided by Lee

Gordan Moss

Always willing to go that extra mile when needed, thank you

Dave Radarm

We have used RML across many projects for years, skip collection for my scrap metal. They can be trusted and payment is always prompt. They offer great service and the drivers are extremely helpful.
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